As the old year was ending in ancient times in Hawaii, Kahuna associated with certain he’eiau on the Western side of each inhabited Hawaiian island would watch for the appearance of “Na Huihui o Makali’i”, a star cluster that appears in the evening sky.
Once “Makali’i” was seen, the next new moon would begin the “Makahiki” season, a 4-month period when warfare was prohibited, and people celebrated with games and sports.
When Westerners arrived with their tradition of the New Year’s celebration, it coincided with the Hawaiians practice of Makahiki.
Thus, “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” now says “Happy New Year!”
Today, we’ll spin some lyrical libations, as we share our 35th annual Territorial New Year’s Party.
This week's playlist:
1- Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Genoa Keawe
2- Niu Hao Hao - Leina'ala Haili
3- Drinking Champagne - Myra English
4- No Hilahila - Myrtle K. Hilo
5- Geev 'um - Don Ho
6- Okole Maluna - Andy Iona
7- A Wee Doech An' Doris - Sol K. Bright
8- Tutu E - Joseph Serrao
9- Hawaiian Hospitality - Ted Fio Rito Orchestra
10- Okolehao Blues - Norman Clarke
11- I'm Pau - Dick McIntire & Harmony Hawaiians
12- Auld Lang Syne – Leo Nahenahe Singers
Length: 52:49 Released on: 12-27-2013 Artist/Compiled by: Various Territorial Artists